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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Nov 13, 2010 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

FM died when they started broadcasting in MP3. I bet most of you didn't know that almost all commercial stations are now broadcasting MP3's. Remember how good vinyl sounded over the airwaves?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 13, 2010 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

Digital radio is pretty poor quality wise - I believe that most stations are broadcasting at around 128kbps, which is about the absolute bottom line for mp3 listening. I've seen (non-Dead) shows up on the net flagged up as 'source: digital broadcast' and really wonder how much these substandard offerings are muddying the waters.

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 13, 2010 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

Hi Rob.

This has been hugely disappointing. We were led to believe that DAB would give us CD quality radio and it's not even close. This guy has been pointing out the problems and the reasons for them for quite a while aand makes a lot of sense. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2006/oct/26/comment.comment
I've reached the point where I'm likely to avoid DAB radios and have online stations wirelessly broadcast to speakers that can be moved around the house.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 13, 2010 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

Hi to you too snori.

I'm a regular reader of Jack's and it was probably him who first alerted me to the deficiencies of DAB. I think it's pretty lamentable that something that's probably marginally worse than hiding under the bedclothes tuning into Radio Luxembourg is touted as the next step forward.

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 13, 2010 11:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

I was with a friend when the GD '72 show was broadcast on Radio Luxemburg. He still has a reel to reel recording of it Even though I have a clean copy now we still like to drag his out occasionally and enjoy the fading in and out during PITB.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Nov 13, 2010 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

As far as content is concerned, it is remote-controlled digital streaming. Actually, it's a multiplex of numerous data streams and meta-data streams. Everything is automated. The automation is crawling down the Schedule File, just going down the list. It's a fucking robot.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on the morning of January 18, 2002, a 112-car train derailed just outside Minot, North Dakota. Minot is the state’s fourth largest city. Minot Air Force Base is there.

Two hundred forty thousand gallons of anhydrous ammonia leaked out of the train producing a vapor plume that floated over the town. Limited exposure burns the eyes, the skin, and the lungs. Larger doses can shut down the human respiratory system. The chemical leak in Minot, North Dakota ended up killing one person. Approximately 330 were treated for immediate health problems and more than 1,000 people needed medical care for recurring illnesses in the next month. But questions remain to this day over how the crisis was handled and the role played by media consolidation.

The radio giant Clear Channel owned all six commercial stations in Minot, North Dakota. None of them broke into regular programming to provide emergency information to the city’s residents. After the town’s Emergency Alert System failed, local officials tried to call the stations–but no one answered. The stations continued to play music piped in from out of state.

On that night over 7 years ago in Minot, North Dakota, callers flooded the emergency dispatch seeking information on the chemical spill. The operators urged panicked residents to tune into KCJB nine-ten AM. This Clear Channel-owned station was the town’s designated local emergency broadcaster. When residents of Minot, North Dakota tuned into KCJB — there was no emergency information about the chemical spill.

EXCLUSIVE... 911 Calls in North Dakota Town Reveal Dangers of Media Consolidation - WTF happened in Minot?

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Nov 15, 2010 6:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

This article touches on a lot of why radio sucks nowadays.
Its all owned by mammoth size companies that broadcast all over the nation. Its all only the top hits that get played.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Nov 13, 2010 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when did fm die

Actually, I don't. I've always thought radio sounded horrible. That caused my audiophile tendencies in the 80s. The best thing about it was when free-form radio came out so at least, the music was great. OTOH, I remember when transistor radios first came out. My god, now that was an epiphany. You could take it to the beach! Of course, almost everybody now listens to shit on tiny speakers. Excuse me, that's mp3. The subject of a running argument between my 16 yo son and me. :)